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My mother's hearing has diminished, it seems, but my view of it is that she says she doesn't hear (and she does turn her head as if to hear better), but really it's that she wants me to speak more clearly and slowly, so she has time to see if she is understanding what I am saying. I think it's more not knowing the words any longer, on other words, than it is a hearing problem.My mother's hearing has almost went if just made GP appt. Is this due to Alzheimer's ?
This has most definitely happened with my aunt. At the memory clinic, she positively avoided difficult questions by making out she was completely deaf for some of the questions!Later, as the disease progressed, I came to realise that the 'not hearing' was actually a strategy he had developed in order to play for a little more time while he gathered his responses or thoughts.
I would agree with this. My mum is almost 90 and she has had hearing loss for some years. However, it is obvious that she simply does not understand what I am saying and I don't think that is down to hearing as much as comprehension.In my experience there is a definite loss of listening if not an actual loss of hearing.